Cycle Safety Gadgets (TVNZ) 22 April 09

Technology tester John Buckley looked at some innovative products to improve cycle safety.

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Monkeylectric Bike Wheel Light

The MonkeyLectric light from the USA is a revolutionary bike light that keeps you highly visible.  It features 32 bright full colour LEDs, and visual effects custom designed by electronic artists.  Its rugged, practical design makes it ideal for daily use in all weather conditions.  It’s easy to mount on the spokes of nearly any bike – Road, City, Cruiser, Mountain and BMX bikes.

Recommended retail price: $US64.99 plus postage

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Rating: 5 out of 5

Exelite LumiPAC

This pack cover sports two electro-luminescent lamps which are powered by 4xAAA batteries.  It uses the same technology as the floor lights you see on commercial air planes (which are extra safe as they have no filaments or gas).  Made by Exelite, a New Zealand company which was set up in 2003 to develop high visibility safety devices for the public.

Recommended retail price $76.99

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Rating 4 out of 5

Ultraflate Plus Tyre Inflator (part of tyre repair and inflation kit)

Standing on the side of the road pumping up a tyre is just not a good look.  This gadget makes inflating your tyre quick and easy, getting you off the road and home faster. Simply press a trigger when attached to your valve and the compressed gas (CO2) cartridge pumps the tyre in 3 seconds.

Recommended retail price: $49.99

Available from: Bike Barn Stores nationwide

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Rating 4 out of 5

Giro Remedy Full Face Helmet

Okay, you’re not going to wear this one on the daily cycle to work, but if you like mountain or trail biking this is a great full face helmet for just those kinds of activities.  This fiberglass helmet features 14 large vents for extreme cooling and a removable washable lining.

Recommended Retail Price: $269.99

Rating 4 out of 5

Available from: selected Bike Barn stores (call 0800bikebarn).

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All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.